Happy Weekend! I have a fun Quick Fix Quick Tricks video for you- I have been working on my ink pad swatches for the last week so I can have all the colors to be shown easily and quickly. As I have been growing my ink collection I felt that having the swatch would be very handy. So here I am, sharing what I do for my own ink pad swatches.

1. To create your own swatch cards, take any white cardstock you have and cut it into 2 x 3 1/2 pieces. With a regular 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock, you can create 10 swatch cards. I like to use Neenah Solar White Cardstock for this since they are very affordable and holds ink colors really well. I just love how it absorbs colors. You can buy this cardstock in a pack of 25, or in a ream of 250 (which is more cheaper in a long run). I like to cut punch of them at one time and just take few whenever I get new ink pads. Saves a lot of time.

2. Make sure to punch a whole on the top center of the swatch cards. I use a big metal ring to hold all of the cards and the whole collection hangs on my tool hangers right above my craft desk. Easier to reach, more you will be able to reference the colors.

3. To stamp on the cards, I like to use an image that has both some solid and detailed areas. That way, I can see how the ink stamps for different surfaces. I used Stampin’ Up!’s Blooming with Kindnessย – I just am in LOVE with this flower image. I know a lot of people use background stamps as well. There are lots of different options out there. Make sure to test it out to see what works best for you.

Make sure to watch the video below to see my ink swatch process in action! Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. I enjoyed your video about stamping cards for quick access to ink colors and the mini-cards for washi tape is great too! Thanks! I learned a lot by watching and I’m your newest follower now, so I hope to visit often and learn more! Robin